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Police ID Keaau crash victim

April 7, 2014 - 11:58am

Hawaii Island police have identified the man who died Sunday from injuries he suffered in a two-vehicle collision on the Keaau-Pahoa Road in Keaau.

The victim was identified as 26-year-old Matthew S. Therrien of Hilo, according to the Hawaii County Police Department.

Responding to a 4:31 a.m. call, Puna patrol officers determined that Therrien was operating a 2010 Subaru multi-purpose vehicle and traveling west on the Keaau-Pahoa Road, also known as Route 130, when he apparently overtook another vehicle and collided with an eastbound 2004 Ford F-350 pickup truck, according to the Hawaii Police Department. The crash occurred between mile markers 3 and 4.

The driver of the Ford pickup truck, a 52-year-old Keaau man, was transported to Hilo Medical Center with minor injuries, according to police. He was also arrested on suspicion of operating a vehicle under the influence of an intoxicant and was released pending investigation.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, according to police.

Traffic Enforcement Unit officers have initiated a negligent homicide investigation and have ordered an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

Anyone with information about this crash is asked to call Officer Tuckloy Aurello at 961-8119.

This is the fourth traffic fatality on Hawaii Island roads this year compared with 11 at this time last year.